Added on: 15th May, 2018 by Samantha_10597
The managing director of a leading regional housebuilder will get a first-hand experience of homelessness when he joins volunteers for a charity sleep out.
Tom Wright, managing director of Persimmon Homes South East, is taking part in The Street Soccer Foundation’s first ever #SLEEPOUT in Kent at the home of Gillingham FC.
The charity, which offers a free development programme to vulnerable and homeless young people, has launched its inaugural Sleepout challenge to raise money and awareness.
The ambitious project calls on business and community leaders to come together and sleep outdoors for one night, encouraging those taking part to raise sponsorship money from their business colleagues, friends and family, and at the same time raise awareness of homelessness, poverty and youth unemployment across the region.
CEO & Founder of The Street Soccer Foundation, Keith Mabbutt, said: “We’re asking business leaders across Kent and the South East to give up just one night of comfort on June 30th to sleep outdoors at Priestfield Stadium to help others less fortunate than themselves.”
Persimmon Homes has previously shown its support for The Street Soccer Foundation, naming the charity a regional finalist in its national Healthy Communities scheme.
Tom Wright from Persimmon Homes said: “As a company whose business is all about creating safe and comfortable places to live, the work of Street Soccer supporting homeless young people really resonates with us.
“Although Street Soccer didn’t win the top Healthy Communities prize – a cheque for £200,000 – they did receive a £5,000 prize in the competition, and during the course of campaigning for them we learned more about their work.
“The sleepout is a great idea, and I am pleased to be able to continue to support this great charity – giving up my bed for one night is a small hardship compared to those who have no choice but to sleep on the streets every night.”
Through the delivery of its nationally acclaimed football-themed development course, the Street Soccer Academy enables selected young participants (male and female) to achieve positive social change through the power of football, serving as a catalyst to improve their lives and their environment.
Instilling confidence and self-belief in participants, the charity educates, inspires and motivates young people by engaging them through football and the training of a positive mind set, and helps to improve their health and well-being to enable young people to achieve their goals both on and off the pitch.
To sign-up to #SLEEPOUT visit www.streetsoccersleepout.org.uk